Bread & Honey Food Co. – Parksville BC

When planning a recent weekend getaway to Parksville, a couple of friends recommended Bread & Honey Food Co. as a good spot to eat.  The small cafe is also highly rated on Trip Advisor and Yelp! which helped make sure we made the time to grab a meal before leaving town.

Located in an unassuming strip mall, Bread & Honey was a full but there was two seats left at the small service counter which we gladly took. Speaking to one of the servers behind the counter, found that Sundays are their busiest day and on a sunny morning like this, even more so.  The friendly vibe in the cafe was boosted by the seating arrangement; a long bar across the window, a great table in the middle and a half dozen 4-seaters around the edge and outside. Listening to the other patrons, Bread & Honey sounds like a regular spot for many of them.

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Eggs Cochon

Bread & Honey emphasises local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients in their menu.  The menu is filled with comfort food, from oatmeal and bacon & eggs for breakfast to burgers, soup and sandwiches for lunch.  For our meal we selected a couple of all-day breakfast items from the hot sheet; Eggs Cochon and Duck Benedict.  Both were unique takes on traditional benedicts but elevated with unexpected ingredients.

Eggs Cochon is rich, flavourful bbq pork and soft poached free-range eggs on fresh baked black pepper biscuits topped with hollandaise.

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Duck Benedict

Duck Benedicts is melt-in-your-mouth duck confit and poached free-range eggs on a crispy potato rösti topped with hollandaise and served with orange slices and peashoots.

Both dishes were flavourful and especially satisfying after a morning swim at Grotto Spa at Tigh Na Mara.  Adding a coffee, tea, organic juice or, if we weren’t driving, a mimosa or brunch cocktail, made for a great relaxing brunch. We look forward to returning again to try more of the menu.

Bread & Honey Food Co. is located at #4-163 Harrison Ave, Parksville, BC. At this time the cafe is only open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday to Sunday, it previously opened at dinner too but the owners cut back the hours when they started a family and couldn’t be as hands-on as they would like.

 

Dine Out : Gastown Brunch Crawl – recap

Photo 2016-01-16, 09 57 12Saturday was our first event of the 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Gastown Brunch Crawl. Presented with Vancouver Foodster, the morning food tour took diners on a tasty trip around the Gastown neighbourhood.

The morning rain gradually gave way as the seven participating restaurants presented their morning delights.

Starting off at Prado Cafe, to check-in and pick up the Brunch Crawl passport, the Cafe offered a kick start to Gastown Brunch Crawl with a selection of their coffee drinks

Next door, Zero Zero Pizzeria offered a taste of the pizzas on their soon to begin brunch menu – the hearty Zero Zero Pizza has potato, weiners, cheese, olives on a focaccia-like pizza crust. The Pizzetta Matina is scrambled eggs, potato, tomato, greens on a crisp thin crust made a great breakfast pie.

The Smallflower Cage and Bakeshop presented a vegan and gluten-free three courses of soup, bbq tofu slider and a mini vegan ice cream drumstick to finish.

Next we had a collaboration from The Birds and The Beets Cafe and Grain.  The Birds and The Beets included Grain’s sprouted grains in their salad alongside their thin house-baked crisp bread with lentil spread and a whole grain chocolate chip cookie.

Across the street Rodney’s Oyster House, breakfast was served with a Crabcake Eggs Benny and a Smoked Salmon Croque Madam, both highlighting that there’s more to Rodney’s than just oysters (although Billy couldn’t resist ordering a few fresh oysters on the side).

There was a line up at BaoDown Gastown as the diners waited for the restaurant to begin service with a Morning Glory Bao; bits of spicy sausage, bacon, omelette, hollandaise and banana ketchup.

Last up the pop-up preview of The Capilano Tea and Soda Co, our Gastown Brunch Crawl wrapped up with a cleansing cuppa; Warm Grey and Berry Tea were on offer along with a selection of their sweet and savoury pastries.

On Sunday Brunch Crawl visited Olympic Village and more Brunch Crawls are happening every weekend of Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Watch for more recaps from the next few weeks and if you’d like to join in on the tasty fun, get your tickets now.

 

Dine Out Festival & Van Foodster Brunch Crawls

Today’s the day Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2016 events go on sale.  Once again Vancouver Foodster has partnered with Dine Out Festival to present a series of neighbourhood Brunch Crawls.

Each weekend of the Dine Out Festival will see a different neighbourhood featured.  Saturdays and Sundays will be extra tasty as 6+ establishments welcome Brunch Crawlers. From tiny favourites to secret gems the Brunch Crawls bring food fans and friends together to find the essence of each ‘hood.

Each Brunch Crawl is $60 via Tickets Tonight
Purchase prior to December 31st, 2015 save $15 
Save more with a 3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115

The Six Neighbourhoods are:

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Start in Gastown

Gastown Brunch Crawl – January 16, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Prado Café at 100 West Hastings Street

Olympic Village Brunch Crawl – January 17, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Whole Foods, 510 West 8th Ave.

Downtown Vancouver Brunch Crawl – January 23, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie Street

North Van Brunch Crawl – January 24, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Lonsdale Quay Market at 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver

Yaletown Brunch Crawl – January 30, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at Xoxolat at 1271 Homer Street

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Dine your way to Main Street

Main Street Brunch Crawl – January 31, 2016
Register and Pick Up Brunch Crawl Passport at The Honey Shoppe at 4125 Main Street

If the participants step up like in past years, you’re in for a sensational brunch experience at any of the Dine Out Festival Brunch Crawls.

Head ‘FORE’ a round at Longlands Golf

Longlands_IMG_0179Off the beaten path in Comox, BC, Longlands Golf Course is a tranquil, compact Par 3 course in the country.

As a rather novice golfer, Longlands is not usually too busy so you won’t feel rushed or pressured if you’re not exactly hitting those Par 3s every hole. The 18 hole course is completely surrounded by trees and nature, so while there’s a good chance you won’t find your ball once if it hits the rough, there’s no chance of hitting a neighbour. The neighbours, here are deer and racoons and even the possible bear.Longlands_IMG_0184

Pre or post your round, or even without playing, the Longlands restaurant is an enjoyable spot for lunch seven days a week as well as breakfast and dinner on weekends. The huge, sunny patio is a popular spot for social gatherings and special occasion brunch buffet.  Since a par 3 doesn’t take as long, it leaves more time for a cocktail on the patio with the rest of your foursome.

Longlands Golf Course is located at 1239 Anderton Road, Comox BC.

Dine Out 2015 Events – West End Brunch Crawl

Marquis_2015-01-31, 10 22 01The sun broke through the fog as an exuberant group of Brunch Crawlers gathered at Marquis Wine Cellars to kick off the 2015 Dine Out Vancouver Festival West End Brunch Crawl.  Mimosas in hand the the guests mingled and posted selfies aimed at winning a Marquis Wine Cellar WineGram before taking to the streets of the West End.

JustJuice_2015-01-31, 10 31 32Just down the street, Just Juice Bar offered a refreshing start to the day with a cleansing cup of Classic Greens – Cucumber, Celery, Rainbow Chard & Pear and Health Rocket – Coconut water, Pineapple, Carrot, Grapefruit & Ginger juices.

LosAmigos_2015-01-31, 10 38 52Across the road Los Amigos Tacos served a plate of Tostada de Frijoles (refried beans) & Tacos de Tinga (shredded chicken) or Super Veggie Taco (potatoes, corn & kale) along side a tasting cup of house-made Hibiscus flower cold drink.

DeDutch_2015-01-31, 10 54 24Around to Robson Street, De Dutch Pannekoek House had their griddle going on the sidewalk dishing out hot pannekoek topped with either Strawberries & Icing Sugar or De Bakon & Cheese with their classic Strawberry Lemonade.

PappaRoti_2015-01-31, 11 19 09Up the hill at Pappa Roti, the ovens were working overtime to make sure there was plenty of their signature caramel coated coffee buns ready for the Brunch Crawl crowds.  Served with Peanut Butter & Jam and a choice of Ice Blended Signature Chocolate drink, Signature Karak Tea or JJ Bean Coffee.

MoroccoWest_2015-01-31, 11 42 22One of my favourite restaurants, Morocco West, presented, one of my favourite eggs benny in the city, their Morocco Benny – Poached Egg on Hummus, Merguez Sausage with Paprika Hollandaise, alongside a Moroccan Pancake topped with fruit and a honey-butter sauce.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival has now wrapped for another season and judging by the buzz around the city and social media it was a roaring success. Can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!

 

Dine Out 2015 Events – Downtown Brunch Crawl

This past Sunday, the third of this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s Brunch Crawls coordinated by Vancouver Foodster

The Downtown Brunch Crawl found a gang of hungry brunchers at Kingston Taphouse & Grille ready to venture through the streets of downtown Vancouver finding the tastes of brunch.

Kingston_2015-01-25, 10 49 18We started with the plate from Kingston Taphouse & Grille of Cornbeef Hash topped with hardboiled egg, housemade bangers with a spicy mustard and gravlax on buttermilk biscuit.

 

 

Photo 2015-01-25, 11 07 42Our next stop took us to Trees Organic on Granville Street, for a pair of perfect Scones – savoury spinach & feta and sweet raspberry, white chocolate and a single source Peruvian coffee.

 

 

Across the street in the Chopra Yoga Centre, Nourish Vancouver offered a tasting of The Juice Box’s Carrot Orange Ginger and Light Green cold pressed juice, The Breakfast Sandwich – frittata with leeks, kale & shiitake mushrooms served with kale hazelnut pesto in a spelt wrap. Finished with a Dark Chocolate Ganache from Living Lotus.

Copper Chimney_2015-01-25, 11 37 32Around the corner at The Copper Chimney in the Hotel Le Soleil, the indian restaurant served up a classic and tasty butter chicken with basmati rice and garlic naan.

 

 

Shuraku_2015-01-25, 12 09 01Next was another Asian stop, Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro presented a Japanese plate of California Rolls, Broccoli & Green Bean  with Sesame Puree, and a fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Rib marinated in Teriyaki Sauce.

 

Frankies_2015-01-25, 12 38 39The next stop on the global brunch crawl took us to Frankie’s Italian Kitchen paired Chicken & Waffles with a Monsieur Andre – rye bread filled with brie, fontina, soprasetta, prosciutto, egg and hollandaise.

 

BellaYaletown_2015-01-25, 13 10 00Italian was the next plate as well, Bella Gelateria plated Italian Toast (french toast style) topped with mascarpone & kiwi compote, Il Tricolore Brunch Pizza – tomato, crispy pancetta and mozzarella, finished with a Chocolate Cookie topped with Tahitian Vanilla Gelato.

Photo 2015-01-25, 13 40 35Finally the recently opened Small Victory Bakery in Yaletown was bustling with other Brunch Crawl patrons who also decided to finish sweetly.  A tasting box filled with Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant, Almond & Blueberry Brioche and one of their chewy good cookies.

There’s still time to get your tickets for the last two remaining Dine Out Vancouver Festival Brunch Crawls coming this weekend; West End this Saturday, January 31st and Commercial Drive on Sunday, February 1st.

 

 

 

Dine Out 2015 Events – Kitsilano Brunch Crawl

KitsBrunchCrawl_2015-01-18 10.06.39-1Sunday brunch is a staple for many people, more than a hundred of them lined up this past Sunday morning at Novo Pizzeria for Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s Kitsilano Brunch Crawl.

Coordinated by Vancouver Foodster, the second Brunch Crawl of the 2015 festival served up a flavourful selection of sweets and savouries for morning’s tastings.

Novo_2015-01-18 12.07.23One of our favourite restaurants, Novo Pizzeria offered a meat or vegetarian option for their Breakfast Pizza, topped with Fontina, Fior di Latte, Peppers, Pancetta, Salumi and a Quail Egg, along side a Arugula Salad with Blood Orange, Candied Almonds, Olives and Parmigiano Reggiano and a sweet Sicilian Canoli.

DarbysPub_2015-01-18 10.42.12On the corner of MacDonald and West 4th, Darby’s Pub presented a plate of pub brunch staples; (meat or veggie versions of) Eggs Benedict, Hangover Hash, and Mini Huevos Rancheros.

 

 

LinhCafe_2015-01-18 11.01.29A couple of doors down, Vietnamese French-Style Linh Cafe served a spicy house-made Liver Pate Baguette, Shrimp Spring Rolls followed by Peanut Macarons

 

 

Momento_2015-01-18 11.21.28Nearby, Momento Coffee poured a flavourful, rich cup of coffee, a choice of butter or chocolate croissant with cold, steel-cut oats blended with Chocolate and Chia.

 

 

KrocodilePear_2015-01-18 11.42.10On West 1st, Krocodile Pear cleansed and refreshed our palates with a shot of their cold-pressed juice blends; English Bay – Orange, Cucumber, Grapefruit, Lemon & Mint and The Rockies – Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Raw Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Himalayan Pink Salt, Coconut Oil and Chia Gel.

RainorShine_2015-01-18 12.22.20Finishing the Kitsilano Brunch Crawl, Rain Or Shine Ice Cream scooped London Fog and Blueberry Balsalmic with crunchy waffle pieces.

There’s still plenty of time to get your tickets for the next Dine Out Vancouver Festival Brunch Crawl,  take a tour around Main Street on January 24th, Downtown on January 25th, West End on January 31st and Commercial Drive on February 1st.